The ability to integrate a variety of different technologies to create a flexible control system, customised to an individual householder's or company's needs, requires the specialised skills of a systems integrator.
According to Wikipedia a systems integrator is. . . a person or company that specializes in integrating systems. It is principally the pulling together of various components and ensuring they work together as a complete system.
Intelligent Environments Limited does precisely this in the areas of commercial automation and residential home automation including lighting control: developing a system that meets the client’s demands for an integrated package of security, lighting, air-conditioning, irrigation, blind or louvre control, and audio visual systems. Also ensuring that flexibility is built into the system to cope with changing needs into the future.
Involving us in the early stages of a project allows us to offer practical advice and suggestions to ensure the new home or commercial premises can perform to its potential. We are happy to liaise with all parties: clients, architects, designers, builders, electrical contractors, etc to produce detailed specifications on what the project should include. It is important that consideration be given to all electrical devices that are to be included in the system such as lighting, security, home theatre, irrigation, temperature control. Equally important is consideration of what may be required in the future!
Style of interfaces such as touchscreens, remote control units, switch inputs etc should also be considered to ensure they provide the desired functionality, while also appealing visually, fitting in with décor etc.
If the team of builders, electrical contractors and other consultants is already established, Intelligent Environments Limited can work with them, providing project management support to ensure the system design is delivered to plan.
We are happy to be involved as little or as much as is required, whatever is necessary to ensure the smooth running of the project and that customer expectations are met.
Alternatively, if your team has not yet been created, we can recommend third parties, including electrical contractors, who can complete the physical aspects of your installation.
Working with the contractors who have been assigned to your building project, we will work around construction timelines, occupancy deadlines, or any other factors communicated to us.
New buildings, whether residential or commercial, employ a variety of technologies to control lighting, temperature control, irrigation, security, multi media systems and myriad other products and appliances.
Normally all products and appliances would be stand-alone and controlled individually.
However, by creating a network, it is possible to control all, or a selection of these technologies with one or multiple switches, touchscreens or remotes. The technologies can be linked to act intelligently and customised according to the needs of the end user.
Various scenes can be created for instance, incorporating lighting, audio visual, and temperature control. They can be set up to operate at the touch of a switch, or remote, or scheduled to run at a certain time of day. By integrating these technologies, we can make life simpler, more efficient and more cost efficient.
By working with the end user and establishing their needs, we can programme the system to suit their lifestyle or working environment. We work with the client to ensure the system is user friendly and does everything the client wants it to!
As time goes by, situations often change. We ensure flexibility is built into the system so it will cope with changing needs. Some things can be changed by the client quite easily. Where more complicated changes or add-ons are needed, we are happy to come in and re-adjust the programming or advise what may be required.
After the installation is completed we will pay a final visit to fine tune the system and ensure it’s running to requirements. Training for the client on using the system will be provided and we will also provide all relevant documentation and the database.
Hardware provided comes with the manufacturer’s warranty (usually between one and two years, dependent on product). In addition Intelligent Environments Limited are pleased to offer a two year warranty on all programming (as long as no changes have been made to the original database).
Our support does not end there. Intelligent Environments Limited also offer a free follow up visit, (maximum one hour) one year after installation, to check the system, and make any minor adjustments that may be necessary.
We are also readily available by phone or email and are happy to discuss any further system requirements the client may have. We can advise what programming may be required, and whether any extension or upgrade to the current system would be necessary.